Track 2 on Rose of Jericho’s 3rd album, ‘Out of the Maze’, is the song “Midnight Eyes”. It’s a song with significant meaning to the band’s lyricist and lead vocalist Andrea Russie. When the band chose Geomedia to transform this powerful love song into a music video we jumped at the chance.
After a few pre-pro meetings with the band, it was clear to everyone that Andrea would be the focal point of the visuals. Her compelling stage presence is matched only by her amazing vocals. We decided early on to feature Andrea’s performance in as many different settings as possible. We faced the challenge of only having a single location to shoot, San Antonio’s Scottish Rite Temple.
After scouting the location director Murray Breit and Director of Photography Zach Nasits identified 6 unique locations inside the Temple that would provide the diversity desired. Hair and Makeup Artist Donna Horner and Wardrobe Stylist Krista Ynostrosa designed a different hair, make up and wardrobe “look” specifically matched to each setup. Add in a smoke machine, some oversized light bulbs, a baby grand piano, some kind of crazy cardboard covered bicycle wheel and at the end you have a music video with a nice variety looks.
Getting our gear into the Scottish Rite was no easy task. The loading dock door is 8 feet off the ground. Why? Maybe check the ‘The Lost Symbol’ for the answer because we don’t know. Thanks to the crew, we loaded in without incident. Then it was on to the following locations.
Stage (Band Performance 1 Alone)
Among the Bulbs
Stage (Band Performance 2 Crowd)
Creative lighting techniques were handled smartly by our Gaffer, Ron Meneses. The smooth tracking shots of the Chapman Pee Wee III+ Dolly were expertly provided by Greg Lomas. Assistant Director, Jacob Esquivel kept the whole ‘circus’ moving and on schedule throughout the night. It’s also important to mention the tireless efforts of Matt Rasmussen, Rudy Martinez, Jeff Chesnut and Jeremy Kenisky and their work in a variety of roles. We had equipment help from Holtz Entertainment and the cool wardrobe selection was supplied by The Vintage House. A delicious dinner break was provided by Asia Kitchen.
From setup to setup Andrea never lost her energy or enthusiasm. Her emotional performance is authentic and can be experienced in every scene. Andrea’s determination to give her best performance each and every take had a positive residual effect on the rest of the crew.
A few days later we shot a few scenes with Andrea driving around the city at night to add to the overall mood of “Midnight Eyes”.
As with every shoot, we faced some problems and unforeseen challenges. But everyone pulled together and came up with some quick solutions. When we wrapped we felt confident that we had captured some great images. We all had a blast.
Next was editorial and color grading, here’s the end result…
In case you’re new to the band, Rose of Jericho has released 3 CDs to date. Their music can also be found throughout the critically acclaimed video game Rockband for the Playstation and Xbox consoles. In fact, Rose of Jericho is Rockband Network’s featured ‘Artist of the Month‘ for September. Their music is available at iTunes, Amazon and their website.